Arsene Wenger

By Chip Kidger
22nd April 2018 at 10:00am

Arsene Wenger’s Greatest Hits


Arsene Wenger
shocked the football world this week by calling time on his outstanding 22-year career with Arsenal. Here, Marathonbet reflect on his greatest moments and best signings…

 

Top 5 Moments

His first Premier League title and a Double…

‘Arsene who?’ was the question on everybody’s lips when the professorial Frenchman arrived in North London in 1996. He soon answered that question as Arsenal went on to win a Premier League and FA Cup double in Wenger’s first full season with the club.

The Invincibles…

The pinnacle of Wenger’s 22-year spell as arguably his most talented Arsenal side eased to the title. No Premier League team has yet to match Wenger’s record of P38 W26 D12 L0.

Replacing Anelka with Henry…

The Frenchman’s last few years have sadly been notable for diminishing returns when it comes to signings, but back in his early years with the club, Wenger had the golden touch. The disappointment of losing Nicolas Anelka to Real Madrid was quickly forgotten as his replacement Thierry Henry took the Premier League by storm following a tricky start.

Defeating Real Madrid…

Wenger would sadly never taste Champions League glory during his three decades at the club, but came mightily close in 2006, losing 2-1 to Barcelona in the final in Paris. That campaign would contain perhaps his greatest European triumph, knocking out Real Madrid with a 1-0 win at the Bernabau in the round of 16.

A seventh FA Cup…

Let’s face it – Wenger has endured a torrid last few seasons with constant speculation about his future. Defeating Antonio Conte’s Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley in 2017 to land a record seventh FA Cup as a manager will go down as the manager’s great swansong with the Gunners – unless they can sign off with this season’s UEFA Europa League.

 

Top 5 Signings

Henry & Wenger

Thierry Henry

Simply the best – and to think there was plenty of debate back in 1999 whether the classy Frenchman could cut it as a striker. 174 goals later, that matter was settled.

Patrick Viera

Captain Fantastic under Wenger, winning three Premier League titles and four FA Cups during his nine year spell with the club. Already tipped as a future manager.

Nicolas Anelka

Moody, unpredictable, never quite delivered on his early promise – but Anelka was a revelation during his spell with the Gunners, scoring 23 goals in 65 games before a £22m move to Real Madrid.

Sol Campbell

The circumstances behind his move to Highbury will mean his reputation will always be tarred in certain quarters of North London, but Campbell’s commanding presence at the back would be key in securing Wenger’s second and third Premier League titles.

Robin van Persie

Arguably the best signing of the latter Wenger era, van Persie would score 96 goals in 194 games for the Gunners but would have to wait until a move to Old Trafford to claim that elusive Premier League winner’s medal.

 

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